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(Wall Street Journal) — Rep. Charles Rangel has established a defense fund that will allow supporters to contribute as much as $5,000 a year to help pay his legal bills.The New York Democrat still owes money to his former lawyers, who represented him in an ethics case that ended with his censure. The Charles B. Rangel Legal Expense Trust was approved by the House ethics committee, the same panel that successfully recommended that the House censure Mr. Rangel for financial and fund-raising misconduct. Mr. Rangel announced the establishment of the fund on Tuesday. H. Carl McCall, the former New York State comptroller, will serve as trustee. Contributions will be reported quarterly and disclosed publicly. The House voted 333-79 on Dec. 2 to censure Mr. Rangel, a punishment that required the speaker of the House to publicly read the censure resolution while the 80-year-old lawmaker stood at the front of the chamber.

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